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The Uniqueness of You

A Significant Day - Your Jewish Birthday

Launch in Shvat, inaugural Event in Nissan

On Rosh Chodesh Shvat 5781, January 13, 2021, Rebbetzin Sara Gutnick, using the Tu B’Shvat gardening theme of Shvat, launched the new Jewish Birthday project in honour of her own milestone birthday with a talk entitled ‘The Uniqueness of You’.

‘‘The day that you were born is the day that Hashem decided that the world could not exist without you.”

We understand this to mean that we each have our own capabilities – or let us call them ‘gardening tools’ – to contribute to make this world a Garden for Hashem and to cultivate it, each adding our own signature splash of colour and fragrance to the harmony of the garden, beyond the capabilities of anyone else but you.

Thus, your birthday is a day of celebration, not just for yourself, but for anyone who knows you, loves you, or appreciates you – a day of gratitude for the past and optimism for the future.

It is a lifetime task to try to figure out how to best cultivate the garden in your own unique style, but you are given plenty of clues – all part of the Hashgacha Protis, Divine Providence, as King David says in Tehillim: (37:23) “The steps of man are directed by G-d”.

Just like we draw on the energy of the month or a Chag when it comes round, so too do we draw on the mazal of our birthdays and re-align ourselves with our souls and re-assess how best to shine our inner light in the year ahead.

Sara and her new birthday committee comprising of Frances Gradman, Stera Gutnick and Ettie Spigelman soon organised the inaugural event on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, with a lovely pre-Pesach brunch at Nogga on Sunday morning, March 14 for Nissan birthdays and would-be volunteers. Sara introduced the guests to the RCWC, Ettie Spigelman spoke about the Jewish calendar while Miriam Grossbaum spoke about her birthday in Nissan. ’I usually don’t celebrate my birthday as it is 2 days before Pesach. I thus really appreciate this opportunity to celebrate my birthday in such a lovely atmosphere. Nissan is the month of redemption. We are still in exile yet whenever we break through a barrier it is a redemptive experience. So too the opportunity to pay attention and celebrate my Nissan birthday with all of you today feels very special.’

We are very proud to invite you to celebrate your Jewish Birthday and indeed The Uniqueness of You at the RCWC.  If you would like to find out when your Jewish Birthday is click here.


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